Nothing says inconspicuous like a trailer completely covered in artificial Christmas tree branches parked on the street, right? Right? 
Eh, not really, but I love Justin Shull’s tricked-out single-wide, Porta Hedge, nonetheless. One half mobile eco-art exhibit and one half verdant suburban surveillance unit (L.A. Department of Water and Power officers on stakeout missions, take note), the Porta Hedge is indeed covered — camouflaged, if you will — with recycled artificial Christmas trees. Shull and his team refer to the exterior as a “green wall of privacy,” making it ideal for incog nature watching, stealthy neighbor-spying, and other voyeuristic pursuits.

The interior of the Porta Hedge is called a “mobile observation lab” it’s outfitted with a high-tech closed circuit monitoring system, peepholes for spying, rope swings for chillin’, chalkboards for taking notes, air-filtering plants, and a toilet so one doesn’t have to leave the unit during covert operations. The Hedge is powered by photovoltaic panels, and there’s even a “bird cam” with prerecorded birdsongs to attract winged critters.

Want to see (or not see) the Porta Hedge? It’s on tour now (future stops include NYC and Connecticut) while a special “Backyard Naturalist Study” Hedge is on display at the U.S. Botanical Garden. The Porta Hedge tour blog is one of the more amusing things I’ve read in a while with entries dedicated to a helicopter lift into the middle of the Grand Canyon, a visit to the Las Vegas Strip, and gang activity in St. Louis. Check it out.  

Unlike the Porta Hedge, which attempts to cleverly blend into its surroundings, Brooklyn-based artist Kevin Cyr’s Camper Bike, another interesting twist on mobile living, is difficult to conceal. It’s an in-bed truck trailer built onto the top of a custom, three-wheeled bicycle. Like a circus clown on a Segway, you’ll see it coming from a mile away.
Although it doesn’t exactly present a practical living situation, the human-powered-mobile-living idea behind Camper Bike is fascinating, and Cyr’s paintings of his work (yes, he did build a functioning sculptural prototype) are beautiful. 
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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Wonderful, weird and wheeled
The Camper Bike and the Porta Hedge give the traditional mobile home concept a peculiar new twist.